Since the beginning of the Public Health Emergency (PHE), the College Advocacy Council recognized the need to assimilate and update information coming from the federal government (and Congress) on an ongoing basis. The College instituted weekly, then twice weekly, Federal Response Updates so that our members would not miss opportunities for relief or important guidance for their practices. These updates appear on the College website and provide a wealth of information for the practicing allergist.
When President Trump declared a National Emergency under the Stafford Act for the COVID-19 pandemic on March 13, $40-$50 billion became available in federal funds to address the situation and provide relief to businesses and individuals. Physicians and businesses were able to apply for various loans and other financial relief through the federal government. Each program comes with its own terms for repayment and reporting, and these terms have been revised periodically.
At the same time, public health officials were working at a fast pace to find ways to prevent and/or treat this disease to minimize morbidity and mortality. They also were working to identify best practices for hospitals and health care settings, and recommendations for the public regarding disinfection, travel and much more. Information about vaccines and treatments, guidance documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports of infection trends and information about telehealth waivers have been updated frequently throughout the emergency.
To remain knowledgeable about developments from the CDC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Food and Drug Administration and more, plus legislative activity related to COVID-19, please check these Federal Response Updates weekly. Find this page easily in the COVID-19 NewsBrief or from the COVID Resource Center.
The Public Health Emergency has been extended several times since March and is now scheduled to end January 21, 2021. The College will continue to provide members with important updates as they become available.